The last three NBA playoff games on cable in 2017 stayed on top of the ratings for May 22-28, even with a few days of DVR use. Their lead, however got a little smaller.

Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Celtics and Cavaliers remains on top with a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.09 million viewers. Game 5 of the series (2.2, 5.89 million) and Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals (2.1, 5.85 million) remained in second and third.

“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” (1.7) is the top non-sports show in adults 18-49 after gaining 0.4 points from its initial rating. “Better Call Saul” made the biggest gain with a 0.8-point jump to 1.5. It’s also tops in viewers after the NBA games at 3.64 million.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for May 22-28, 2017

Rank Show Net L+3 18-49 rating Gain vs. Live + SD % gain vs. Live + SD
1 NBA EAST FINALS – CELTICS/CAVALIERS GM 4 TNT 2.8 0.0 0%
2 NBA EAST FINALS – CAVALIERS/CELTICS GM 5 TNT 2.2 0.0 0%
NBA WEST FINALS – WARRIORS/SPURS GM 4 ESPN 2.1 0.0 0%
4 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 1.7 0.4 31%
BETTER CALL SAUL AMC 1.5 0.8 114%
6 STREET OUTLAWS DISC 1.3 0.3 30%
7 BASKETBALL WIVES VH1 1.2 0.3 33%
8 TEEN MOM MTV 1.1 0.5 83%
9 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 9 p.m. USA 1.1 0.1 10%
NHL EAST FINALS – SENATORS/PENGUINS GM 7 NBCS 1.1 0.0 0%
KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS ENT 1.0 0.6 150%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 8 p.m. USA 1.0 0.1 11%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 10 p.m. USA 1.0 0.1 11%
13 T.I. AND TINY VH1 1.0 0.2 25%
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRVO 0.9 0.5 125%
15 WWE SMACKDOWN USA 0.9 0.1 12%
16 DEADLIEST CATCH DISC 0.8 0.3 60%
NAKED AND AFRAID XL DISC 0.8 0.2 33%
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS FRFM 0.8 0.4 100%
19 SOUTHERN CHARM BRVO 0.7 0.3 75%
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRVO 0.7 0.4 133%
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC BRVO 0.7 0.3 75%
SILICON VALLEY HBOM 0.7 0.4 133%
FORGED IN FIRE HIST 0.7 0.3 75%
IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG OWN 0.7 0.2 40%
25 VEGAS RAT RODS DISC 0.6 0.1 20%
TEEN MOM AFTER SHOW MTV 0.6 0.2 50%
THE CHALLENGE: CHAMPS VS PROS MTV 0.6 0.3 100%
NHL EAST FINALS – PENGUINS/SENATORS GM 6 NBCS 0.6 0.0 0%
NHL WEST FINALS – PREDATORS/DUCKS GM 6 NBCS 0.6 0.0 0%
LIGA MX – TIGRES/GUADALAJARA UDN 0.6 0.0 0%

 

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for May 22-28, 2017

Rank Show Net L+3 viewers (000s) Gain vs. Live + SD (000s) % gain vs. Live + SD
1 NBA EAST FINALS – CELTICS/CAVALIERS GM 4 TNT 7,085 38 1%
2 NBA EAST FINALS – CAVALIERS/CELTICS GM 5 TNT 5,893 68 1%
3 NBA WEST FINALS – WARRIORS/SPURS GM 4 ESPN 5,845 46 1%
4 BETTER CALL SAUL AMC 3,641 1,989 120%
5 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT – MON. FXNC 3,476 14 0%
6 HANNITY – MON. FXNC 3,370 39 1%
7 SHEPARD SMITH REPORTING – MON. FXNC 3,330 15 0%
8 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 3,297 776 31%
9 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 9 p.m. USA 3,130 367 13%
10 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW – THURS. MNBC 3,048 75 3%
11 STREET OUTLAWS DISC 3,036 723 31%
12 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 8 p.m. USA 3,013 348 13%
13 NHL EAST FINALS – SENATORS/PENGUINS GM 7 NBCS 2,922 0 0%
14 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT – WEDS. FXNC 2,870 41 1%
15 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT – THURS. FXNC 2,863 46 2%
16 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT – TUES. FXNC 2,861 64 2%
17 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 10 p.m. USA 2,814 385 16%
18 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW – WEDS. MNBC 2,798 99 4%
19 GOOD WITCH HALL 2,771 794 40%
20 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW – TUES. MNBC 2,697 71 3%
21 DEADLIEST CATCH DISC 2,678 934 54%
22 HANNITY – WEDS. FXNC 2,659 57 2%
23 THE FIVE – WEDS. FXNC 2,612 39 2%
THE FIVE – THURS. FXNC 2,612 51 2%
25 ALL FOR LOVE HALL 2,599 591 29%

Source: The Nielsen Company

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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